Minecraft Ban Leads To SWAT Team Assault

Last year, the Washington state legislature was said to be considering stronger laws and punishments against "SWATting," which is trolls' cute way to take revenge when something displeases them in an online game. They phone a fake call to your local cops and next thing you know, armed deputies are crawling around the backyard.

I'd advise the Washington state legislature to get a little tougher a little sooner because this sort of thing appears to be a real problem there. This time, it happened to Jacob Neumann, a 16-year-old administering a Minecraft group (incorrectly identified as "Mindcraft" by KING-TV). Some troll showed up, said a bunch of filth flarn in chat, and Jacob kicked him. Then it was go time.

Neumann said the troll specifically threatened to send SWAT to his house. "'Yo dude. You kicked me off line. I'm going to swat your house,'" Jacob said he was told.

A couple hours later, public safety personnel from four different agencies were on the scene, told that a father inside had shot his 14-year-old daughter because she told him she was pregnant. The alert came via text.

Jacob's father, Dave, was ordered to the ground face first, handcuffed and read his rights. Jacob and his brother also were ordered from their home. While the Neumanns and the deputies were able to calm the situation before anyone got hurt, the family was, as you can well imagine, frightened and a little pissed off.

"My dad was like seriously pretty scared for his life and so was me and my brother," Jacob told KING-TV.

What makes SWATting so pernicious is the fact that a) public safety agencies take everything seriously. It is their job. These aren't super trooper goobers who believe ridiculous calls because they're looking for adventure. And b) it's not that hard to find the physical location of the IP address for someone who hurt your feelings and didn't agree that you are a special flower.

Sounds like the piece of shit who did this is from Canada, so who knows what good a state law would have had anyway.

Fake shooting 911 call leads to huge police response [KING-TV]


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    Had a similar experience but not nearly as extreme. Pissed off some player in counter strike once and he decided to get back at me by sending my house pizzas with pay by cash. Told me in chat but I didn't believe him until the next day when a couple delivery drivers rocked up in the afternoon trying to deliver me pizza...

    All my gaming profiles now contain very little personal info

    Can't the text or call that was used to instigate this be traced? Surely there's a record somewhere of which phone number was used to send/make this.

      Back in the day when people used it, you could send text messages via ICQ. I'm sure there's a whole bunch of online SMS services you could use.

    Different country or not. The family that got SWATed have a civil law case against the shit in Canada. Add to that, the US state could bill the Canadian province where said canadian idiot lives, so the canadian province can then on sue him.

    There is actually plenty of legal ways to get the little shit into trouble. All VERY expensive for him.

    ah Humans we are a strange and broken thing.

    As a moderator on the same server as Jacob, I know him as well as the caller. The callers IGN is XalZ, so just ban him on sight if you ever come across with him. He was an donator Admin and eventually went on a banning spree. He's claimed to DDoS servers in public chat, as well as harass various players with insolent and selfish excuses. I told the owners to remove him from the server completely, but that didn't work out so well. It could have been me or the owners that could have been swatted. pride.mine.nu Best faction server out there! Come join now!

    How did they get his address?

      Easily tracked through an unmasked IP address.

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